African leaders hail Liberia poll (BBC, 11/14/05)

With almost all the votes from Thursday’s run-off election counted, Ms Johnson-Sirleaf has an insurmountable lead. She is expected to be named president when official results are announced soon – making her the first woman to be elected president anywhere in Africa.

The leaders of Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia and Algeria as well as the chairman of the African Union commission issued a statement during a meeting in Abuja on AU issues.

They described the vote as “peaceful, transparent, free and fair,” AFP news agency reported.

George Bush effected unilateral regime change and democratization in Liberia, despite the fact it was never even alleged to pose a risk to our national security, and no one said “boo.”

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